Today I had my first encounter with the infamous Diebold voting machine. Verdict, not bad. I arrived at the poll, showed my drivers license, signed the register, and got a plastic card to activate the voting machine. Voting was easy, the review screen was nice, and that was that. Bonus, got to see the cute little kids sitting in their classrooms as the poll was in a school.
1) The activation card slot wasn't as obvious as it could be. It was on the side and the slot part wasn't colored to make it stand out. I would put it on top of the screen, color it red, and make the card insert vertically. I can also see folks forgetting to take the card out after voting, which is going to keep the poll workers busy. Wonder what happens if you try to vote twice with the same card? I didn't try to find out.
2) The paper tape that holds a record of the vote, the paper trail I suppose, was not easy to read. It also looked to be the fade over time type of tape. I expect a problem will be machines running out of tape or jamming.
Other than that, not bad. All that was lacking was a bottle of purple ink to dip my finger in instead of getting an insipid "I Voted" sticker. Of course, I trusted to the integrity of the software, it's invisibility is probably the biggest potential cause of distrust. That could be fixed by making the paper trail more prominent. An important looking document would be more impressive than something that looks like a grocery receipt under glass.
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